450 UP!!!!!!!!

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8 years 4 weeks ago #13165 by Duncan
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I was hoping to get the 12 lifers I needed to get my list up to 450 on our trip to Cape Town but ended up falling 1 short. I didn’t have to wait to long for it though because yesterday while out atlasing with my dad we picked up my 450th lifer in Namaqua Sandgrouse. It was also species 400 on my 2009 list.
The eleven lifers that I did end up with on our CT trip are as follows.
1) Lemon Dove – The Dell at Kirstenbosch
2) House Crow – Rietvlei
3) Crowned Cormorant – Rietvlei
4) Mallard Duck – Rietvlei
5) Southern Black Korhaan – Darling Area
6) Little Rush-Warbler – Darling Area (The first time I have actually SEEN one)
7) Common Ringed Plover – West Coast National Park
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9) Common Whimbrel - West Coast National Park
10) Terek Sandpiper – West Coast National Park
11) Bank Cormorant – Bettys Bay
The trip was reasonably successful in terms of the number of lifers but failed to produce many of the lifers that I had planned and was hoping for (i.e. Cape Rock-Jumper, Cape Siskin, Rufous-Chested Sparrowhawk and a few others). The only lifer that I did plan for was Lemon Dove which I only saw as my mom (a non-birder) spotted it for me.

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8 years 4 weeks ago #13170 by Dave Shedman
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Congratulations on the 450 Duncan, well done indeed! All you need now is Red Chested Flufftail. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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8 years 4 weeks ago #13172 by Duncan
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Thanks very much for reminding me Graeme. I already have nightmares about the Red-chested Flufftails.

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8 years 4 weeks ago #13177 by Rusty Justy
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Congratulations! :D

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8 years 4 weeks ago #13180 by gordon
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Well done!

Some advice Trevor Hardaker once gave us, always chase the rarities! you can always pick up a few "common" birds when you chase the rarity but you never know when the rarity will show up again... <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: -->

Cheers,
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8 years 3 weeks ago #13185 by Duncan
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Thanks guys 450 for some reason felt like something to celebrate.
I am not exactly sure that I was chasing rarities but I reckon its a good piece of advice thanks Gordon.

My aim for the rest of year in terms of birding are
1) to get to halfway (What officially is halfway?). Although I am not sure how with no further trips planned further afield I think it might be impossible.

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2) To get my photographic list up to at least 350 and hopefully up to 80% of my total. (I reckon this is achievable if I remain focused and take the photos when the opportunities present themselves)

Cheers
Duncan

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8 years 3 weeks ago #13189 by Trevor Hardaker
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Hi Duncan,

Firstly, congrats on the 450!! Always good to reach a milestone on your list.

As to reaching halfway, the question is halfway to what? Half of all the birds recorded in Southern Africa? Half of all the regular birds in SA excluding the vagrants? Halfway to a respectable total (and what exactly is a respectable total?)? 450 is halfway to 900, so I would think that is a reasonable achievement already.

Perhaps 500 should be your target? That way you can then get to have your name listed on the SA heading for 700 Club on http://www.zestforbirds.co.za which hopefully might be considered some sort of achievement in your birding career...:) And with a little bit of intensive local birding, 500 should certainly be achievable. One does not even need to do trips "further afield" as you already have a good base of 450 species. Another 50 species should not be that difficult.

Good luck!
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8 years 3 weeks ago #13215 by Duncan
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Thanks Trevor

I am interested in finding out both the total number of birds recorded in southern africa and the regular birds in SA excluding the vagrants and even what a decent total might be. I am also looking for a list of all the regular birds in SA excluding the vagrants.

I am certainly aiming to get to 500 (and more) as my next milestone in terms of numbers and consider it a great achievement to be included on the heading for 700 list. I am try to decide on what a good target for additions to my life list before the end of the year would be considering i will not be leaving the greater Gauteng area (ie not going further afield). 500 would be great but in terms of how often and where I get to bird I am not sure that it is possible by the end of the year.

Cheers Duncan

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8 years 3 weeks ago #13218 by Dave Shedman
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Hi Duncan.

Just a quick message as i need to go out in a mo. There was mention in the latest Africa Birds & Birding of an official checklist for South Africa on the Birdlife South Africa website. Here's the link, hope it helps:

http://www.birdlife.org.za/page/5530/checklists

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